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Nepotism in the workplace

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Question: Are “step-siblings” considered “siblings" when independence or personal conflict is being considered in a workplace environment? -- Anonymous


I would hope there would be no distinction between my daughter or my step-daughter, or my sister or step-sister, if it came to questions of what is appropriate in the work place. We have sisters both working in our location, but they report to different managers. Similarly, if we have the child (or step-child) of an employee working here, they cannot report to the same manager or to their relative. I'm not sure if that answers your question.

Siblings are siblings-blood related or not.

Our company policy reads that we will not hire any individual who is a relative of any current employee, and is defined as anyone related by blood or marriage, or sharing a household.

We would include that in the definition of "relative". About the only exclusion we make is that if it is a cousin, only first cousins count. Other than that, whether someone is a step brother/sister/mother/father or a half brother/sister, we include it as being a relative.

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